Sapporo is the main city of Hokkaido. Its foundation only dates from the middle of 19th century, but the city still remains one of the most important ones of the country. After Japanese colonists arrived in 1860, and because Emperor Meiji wanted to exploit more this part of the territory, this area was cleared away little by little and the city spreaded, taking Odori park as central landmark. Year after year, the city brought more and more Japanese people from Honshu, including many entrepreneurs who helped the economic development of the region. In 1972, Sapporo hosted the Winter Olympic Games, getting then, for a moment, a worldwide fame. Moreover, Sapporo is also well-known for its snow festival (Yuki matsuri) which happens every year in February, and where you can discover amazing and huge ice sculptures.